Sloppy Mama’s Barbecue and Catering

Sloppy Mama’s Barbecue and Catering, web site, 5731 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA, 703-269-2718, closed Mondays. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Arlington Now | Washingtonian | Trip Advisor | Ylp]

A more authentic barbecue joint than I ever thought I would see in this area, full wood-burning pits, classic traditional style, you can see and smell the smoke before you enter. They claim it is fine with the regulators. As for the food, I would call it “quite good but maybe not yet at full potential”? I tried the brisket and the ribs, in both cases I thought it was the best stuff around in Northern Virginia, possibly this whole area. Not yet a wow, but certainly enjoyable and I hope they are able to take the next step, at the very least they have the basic infrastructure in place.

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One Response to Sloppy Mama’s Barbecue and Catering

  1. JimG says:

    Do you consider Baltimore’s Pit Beef to be BBQ? I’d heartily recommend a sandwich from Pioneer Pit Beef in some unremarkable Baltimore suburb, the name of which I can’t remember. It’s definitely not traditional BBQ from the south, but you can certainly see a big pile of mostly un-split oak and smell the smoke.

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